By Emma Forrest
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9780684865386, 240pp.)
Publication Date: August 15, 2000
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Meet Viva Cohen: her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an aging rock star. She lives in London with her gay uncle Manny.
A bitingly funny and fiercely intelligent first novel, Namedropper takes you on a rowdy romp from London to Los Angeles, where Viva and her two best friends search for love, experience, and Jack Nicholson. It's a wild ride as she uncovers the icon in every person she meets.
Emma Forrest began her career at sixteen, writing a pop-culture column for the London Sunday Times. She now lives in New York.
Utterly endearing and very funny.
Michael Musto The Village Voice Anyone who's the least bit interested in celebrity obsession, wild animal sex, or sardonic wit will be dropping Emma Forrest's name this year.
Ethan Hawke Electric, irreverent prose. When people talk about "voice," this is what they mean.
Eve Ensler author of Vagina Monologues Namedropper is a sharp coming-of-age tale. Emma Forrest writes with the peculiar wisdom of a wicked-tongued, acutely observant young woman.
Thomas Beller author of The Sleep-Over Artist Namedropper is as tart, crisp, and compulsive as a bag of salt-and-vinegar potato chips. It's full of surprises, and full of life.
Diane Leslie author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime Viva Cohen, the young, funny, observant, well-read, music-savvy, cineaste, malephile narrator of Namedropper, suggests that Emma Forrest may well be the Jane Austen of the techno-generation.
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